Wow it's that time ALREADY? Cool the panic as Naysayer & Gilsun kick off our end of year Recommends series by counting down their 2013 highlights. The duo poll high on our own list with the refined minimal house EP All That Good Work / Blue on Club Mod. Revisit it here.
Luke Neher aka Naysayer
Two thousand and thirteen. A year of musical neogenesis and spiritual regeneration. For many of us the dry scrubland was burnt off to make way for a blossoming new undergrowth. Amongst the soot and charred earth we found not just new sounds, but old ones; re-issues. Five re-issues.
Conceived by German DJ Ralf Behrendt in 1982, Saâda Bonaire brought together sultry female vocalists Stefanie Lange and Claudia Hossfeld, The Slits producer Dennis Bovell and copious musical talents from the local immigration centre. The world infused dub disco project only had one single to boast - the leftfield freedom anthem You Could Be More As You Are.
Foolishly canned by the suits at EMI upon release, the group now have a second chance with this 13 track compilation on Captured Tracks that resurrects lost gems from their sessions at Kraftwerk's studio in Cologne. With never before published photos and in depth interviews, this is a must buy for fans of Lizzie Mercier Descloux, Grace Jones and the Compass Point sound.
The album title says it all. Smoothest tunes from the Kiwi oddball. Warped pop that sounds like Hall & Oates on ludes, recording in a whale's stomach. Only in actual fact, it was laid down in a Tokyo hotel room over the course of a month, with a small parade of visitors. High probability that someone spiked the tea ceremony.
Connan nails it with incidental hits like the title track and the surreal soul of 'Do I Make You Feel Shy?'. Not to forget the 5-part odyssey 'It's Your Body'.
Following on from recent posts on Doing Bird and Kennedy, we bring you another example of inspired ink in the shape of The Travel Almanac, a magazine that comes courtesy of New York-based John Roberts and his German partner Paul Kominek.
Roberts might be familiar to some from his excellent duo of artful techno albums on Dial Records or for the Naysayer & Gilsun remix recently released on Club Mod, while Kominek rings a bell due to the records released under the name 'Pawle', also predominantly on Dial.
The Travel Almanac relishes in approaching everyone's favourite hobby from mostly unexpected angles, via a host of impressive cultural icons conversing on the unlikely topic. Those featured in the elegantly laid out tome have so far included David Lynch, Juergen Teller, Bernard Sumner, Harmony Korine, Green Gartside, Tsumoir Chisato and Willem Dafoe, in addition to hotel guides, travel essential debriefings and photo essays.
Hunt it down before you next take off.
doingbird #seventeen has hit newstands. The 200 page art-fashion bible is the latest issue edited by its founders, renowned photographer Max Doyle and art director Malcolm Watt, featuring a perfectly bound international network of cross-disciplinary specialists.
Portraits from Amsterdam's post-punk underground Paradiso, a photo essay of colour saturated American high school football muscle, musings on Paul Schrader's masterpiece Cat People, a Q&A with video installation artist Ed Atkins and various fashion spreads.
Includes contributions from Roe Ethridge, Walter Pfeiffer, Ben Toms, Rene Vaile, Shauna T, Fergadelic and Douglas Lance Gibson.
Gazing at the works of LA artist and former South Park animator Eric Yahnker who creates twisted, lightly perverse coloured pencil and pastel drawings, satirising American popular culture and politics.
Yahnking your chain with these catalogue selections...
Installation image from Ebony & Benghazi, Ambach & Rice, Los Angeles, 2013
Super talent Ta-Ku's Songs To Break Up To shows the cool shoulder, finding harmony with heartbreak. A drama free alternative to deleting your address book, plotting revenge and making public scenes.
The self-professed "genre killer" eclipses expectations of more club bangers with 10 matured tracks that source inspiration from cinematic score icons Hans Zimmer and John Williams, dissolving his orchestra with downtempo emotion to soul mending results. Minimal compositions, maximum effect. Not relying on profile features to tell the story, Ta-Ku uncovers amazing new vocal talents from Ebrahim, Atu and Sydney-based Thandiwee Phoenix.
Buy the moody mini-album direct from the artist's own label Huh What & Where (aka HW&W).
10 years ago, avant-garde Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto joined forces with the technical expertise of Adidas to launch the first Y-3 collection. The sleek label is now synonymous with the sports-meets-luxury aesthetic.
To celebrate this milestone, they've commissioned a compilation of original works from some of the most exciting producers in the underground electronic world. The 14 tracks include Maurice Fulton sampling a frenzied game of ping pong, sophisticated lounge music with Daniel Wang and Jules Etienne, a mental deep house massage from Mano Le Tough and a new slice of Rub N Tug's trademark slow-mo disco, all ascending into a mixed version by it's curator Alex Prat (aka Alex From Tokyo).
Originally released as a special-edition vinyl box set, both the mixed and unmixed versions are now available as free downloads.
Toronto-based Bad Day was founded in 2007 by Eva Michon and Colin Bergh (later joined by publisher Jackie Linton) and has since grown to become one of the best rising arts and culture publications around. Published biannually, Bad Day's conversational and frequently humorous interviews with diverse subjects such as Gaspar Noe and AA Bronson (along with our own ceo and Azari & III) veer away from stodgy biography and towards the reflective and personal.
The team have just published Issue #16 including chats with Neville Wakefield, Paul Morrissey and Asger Carlsen (who recently produced some literally face-melting shots of Cut Copy). Issues disappear quickly so make sure to grab yours here.
Unreal vibes coming out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Locals lovingly nicknamed it "No Fun City" after the closure of almost all of its accessible live venues but as usual, things just go underground. Known most recently for breakout punk successes such as White Lung and Nu Sensae, Vancouver also has a softer, smoother, sexier side.
Upstart label Mood Hut pushes things forward with the release of some incredible records and cassettes from Cloudface, Aquarian Foundation, and Pender Street Steppers that are proving to be catnip to the Discogs hoarder set. Dance music that toes the line between raw and elegant paired with impeccable design sense, what more can one ask for?
Pipl, Moscow, Russia
The Corner, Melbourne, VIC
Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW
Goodgod w/ Pelvis, Sydney, NSW
Sugar, Adelaide, SA
Survivor!, Melbourne, VIC
Tele Club, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC
Ideal Space Vasya, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Kagelbanan , Stockholm, Sweden
Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
Kulturbolaget, Stockholm, Sweden
Pusterviksteatern, Gothenburg, Sweden
Pusterviksteatern, Gothenburg, Sweden
The Spice Cellar, Sydney, NSW
Meredith Festival, Meredith, Victoria
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